An electrical panel receives energy from the outside meter and controls electrical flow into your home. Because of the many modern gadgets, lights, appliances and devices we use so much in today’s modern life, the electrical load on panels is much greater now than it was 20 or 30 years ago.
In 1930, houses were supplied with 60 or 100 amp panels. Today, new houses require a 200 amp service. Outdated service panels can be a safety hazard. As a result, many homes require electrical service panel upgrades to meet these higher power needs. Once upgraded, homeowners can install their new appliances and devices, such as high definition televisions and computers, with no risk of breaking the system.
On average, an average electrical panel upgrade will take about 8 to 10 hours to complete. During this upgrade, your electrician will often also need upgrade your meter socket, running a new main feed wire from the pole outside your house. They also install an appropriate panel inside the house to distribute the electricity safely.
The upgraded electrical panel, if of good quality, could last up to 30 years without a problem.
In general, signs that you may need an electrical electrical panel installation or upgrade can include outdated technologies (such as Fuse boxes), cheap builder-grade panels or panels contaminated by water or paint. Electrical panel upgrades may also be required because of new or expanded data networks, extensive changes to plumbing and heating, wireless communications and the challenges of aged wiring of differing generations.
But an urgent upgrade will be needed if you have breakers that trip, humming or noisy breakers, flickering lights, a burning smell around the panel, or melted wires. Safety standards are higher now than what they used to be, so investing in a new electrical panel can be a great way to be proactive about safety.
If you are planning a renovation or significant Home Appliance Installation, it may also be time for an electrical panel upgrade. You may also need an electrician to install more outlets, install appliances, or indoor or outdoor lighting.
If you are not certain to need an electrical panel upgrade, contact us for an electrical safety inspection to help you making your decision.
When you decide to upgrade, Nightingale Electrical Service’s well-trained and certified electricians have all the experience and training needed to complete your electrical panel upgrade project from start to finish, with a minimum of fuss or disturbance.
We can take care of your full panel upgrade, including: new panel and sub panels installation, meter base repair or replacement, surge protection installation and more.
All of our work is 100% satisfaction guaranteed.